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Google Hangouts vs Skype: What are the differences?

Google Hangouts: A communication platform. Message contacts, start free video or voice calls, and hop on a conversation with one person or a group; Skype: Voice calls, instant messaging, file transfer, and video conferencing. Skype’s text, voice and video make it simple to share experiences with the people that matter to you, wherever they are.

Google Hangouts and Skype can be primarily classified as "Web and Video Conferencing" tools.

Typeform, Starbucks, and PedidosYa are some of the popular companies that use Skype, whereas Google Hangouts is used by NOYSI, Lekker.io, and B2Beer. Skype has a broader approval, being mentioned in 737 company stacks & 735 developers stacks; compared to Google Hangouts, which is listed in 3 company stacks and 5 developer stacks.

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Lisa Myers
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Hi, I am helping teachers in my kid's schools to set up distance learning and wanted to see what is better between Webex, Zoom, and Skype (although only putting this one in as most parents probably have it). The children are 8-9, so they won't be using it on their own and the parents have no experience using Webex or Zoom.

The main use will be for the teacher to explain what they will be covering in the week and enable some social interaction between the kids.

I need to be easy to use for about 20-25 people.

Thanks for your advice, Lisa

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Yoram Kornatzky
Independent Information Technology and Services Professional at DR. YORAM KORNATZKY LTD · | 4 upvotes · 213 views
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I consider Skype dead. Even Microsoft strongly neglected it. Webex is more corporate-oriented. So for your use case, I recommend Zoom. It is easy to set up, and the quality is very good. Zoom became such a household name that the average person heard about it. Moreover, any person probably has friends who may have used it. So it will be easier for people to get some community help.

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John Perry
Account Executive at Towerstream · | 3 upvotes · 76.5K views
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From my experiences I feel like Zoom is a pretty intuitive program to teach kids, however Skype might be more common amongst them already.

I am a big fan of Microsoft Teams.

They all do the same pretty much but Teams I find the bells and whistles are easier to find, like custom backgrounds... creating groups for topic discussions that remain there until you want to change/edit or delete. Easy to share files.

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Fábio Henrique Oliveira
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Hi, Lisa,

I haven't used Skype in a long time. I have I lot of experience with Zoom and Webex. Both for me are very good tools, especially if you have money to pay for (to unlock more features, like more people in a video conference - Zoom).

Nowadays, I've used more Webex with my undergraduate students, I'm using the free account. Cloud recording is a features very useful, especially while using the free account (thanks Cisco!). Webex has control features very useful (e.g., mute, raise hand etc).

Kind regards,

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Attila Fulop
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We've been using Zoom for about a half a year and it's stability is unbeatable. We have all-hands on Fridays with 100+ participants. The free tier can easily handle the requirements, the only limitation is that max meeting length is 40 minutes. After that you can immediately restart the meeting, but the pro option is also very affordable. It also features screen sharing and whiteboard sharing out of the box. I also appreciate that it's not mandatory to register an account to attend a meeting.

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Pros of Google Hangouts
Pros of Skype
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    • 258
      Free, widespread
    • 147
      Desktop and mobile apps
    • 110
      Because i have to :(
    • 57
      Low cost international calling
    • 56
      Good for international calls
    • 10
      Best call quality anywhere, generally
    • 5
      Beautiful emojis
    • 4
      Chat bots
    • 2
      Translator
    • 1
      Skype for business integration with Outlook
    • 1
      Not the Best, but get the job done

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    Cons of Google Hangouts
    Cons of Skype
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      • 5
        Really high CPU utilization during video/screenshare
      • 3
        Not always reliable
      • 3
        Outdated UI
      • 3
        Birthday notifications are annoying
      • 3
        The worst indicator noises of any app ever
      • 2
        Finding/adding people isn't easy

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      What is Google Hangouts?

      Message contacts, start free video or voice calls, and hop on a conversation with one person or a group.

      What is Skype?

      Skype’s text, voice and video make it simple to share experiences with the people that matter to you, wherever they are.

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      What are some alternatives to Google Hangouts and Skype?
      Hangouts
      It is a communication platform which includes messaging, video chat, and VOIP features.
      Zoom
      Zoom unifies cloud video conferencing, simple online meetings, and cross platform group chat into one easy-to-use platform. Our solution offers the best video, audio, and screen-sharing experience across Zoom Rooms, Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, and H.323/SIP room systems.
      Duo
      Duo is a next-generation package manager that blends the best ideas from Component, Browserify and Go to make organizing and writing front-end code quick and painless.
      Google Meet
      It is the business-oriented version of Google's Hangouts platform and is suitable for businesses of all sizes. It allows users to dial in phone numbers to access meetings, thus enabling users with slow internet connection to call in.
      Slack
      Imagine all your team communication in one place, instantly searchable, available wherever you go. That’s Slack. All your messages. All your files. And everything from Twitter, Dropbox, Google Docs, Asana, Trello, GitHub and dozens of other services. All together.
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